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How Crucial are “Soft Skills” During the Interview Process?

February 25, 2017

Soft skills can also be known as person attributes or emotional intelligence and play a crucial role during the job search process. Job seekers often think that if they have the qualifications that match the job description, they are a shoo-in for the job. In today’s competitive job market, it's what not on your resume that could be instrumental in helping you land the job. 

Employers want to hire candidates who have the skills they need but also someone who is going to blend into their environment and their team. We all know that it only takes one person to disrupt the positive chemistry of the team. But what are soft skills? And how do you describe them during the interview process? I researched what are some of the key attributes that employers are looking for today and here are the top five: 

Work Ethic  
Everyone says they have a strong work ethic in the interview process, but without an example, it’s a forgettable attribute. Make sure you provide an example of a time you went above and beyond what was expected of you in order to meet a deadline or help your department. 

Problem Solving 
It’s rare to not be asked about your problem-solving skills in an interview. Be several examples with details and a successful outcome. Employers are looking for someone who is innovative when it comes to solutions for overcoming obstacles. Demonstrate your ability to be diplomatic and resolve issues effectively. 

Self Confidence 
If you're not particularly confident, start practicing! Make direct eye contact when speaking with your interviewer. Offer a firm handshake. Practice by recording and listening to yourself. Strike the word maybe or phrase “I think I can” during the interview. Employers want someone who is confident and know that they can do the job. 

Show your enthusiasm 
Employers want a candidate who is genuinely interested in the organization and passionate about what they do. Put all your energy into your interviews and don’t give the impression you’re ambivalent about the position. 

Teamwork and collaboration 
Someone who cannot only get along with others but also work effectively is the key. To demonstrate your collaborative prowess use examples where it shows your versatility. Being a leader as well as one who can supportive others fresh ideas successfully is just as important. Employers want someone who is innovative but also humble enough to help execute great ideas from their peers. 

Employers not only want to hire qualified candidates, but people that they like and that are excited to work for the company. Being prepared for the interview and showcasing both your experience as well as soft skills you will no doubt have a successful interview. By using thorough detailed examples without being too verbose will definitely put you at the top of the list when it comes to contenders. 

 

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